Thursday, November 20, 2008

BIG news: Small!

Small's winter issue is now online. "Small is a magazine of creative work on a small scale and for the small sized" and highlights independent artists and designers. Of course, I fell in love with it instantly. I've looked forward to each new season of this online magazine. This issue is quite special to me. I was asked to be their contributor for a Small DIY holiday project for children. Gulp. Yes, it's very exciting and I'm still taking it all in. If you don't already subscribe to Small, I can't recommend it more highly... and I felt this way before this issue, really. It's filled with gorgeous photographs and loads of inspiration... it's free... and no trees were cut down for it's publication! You can subscribe here. You'll find me, under small projects, page 101 making these...



Blown eggs filled with confetti have been around since the Renaissance in Italy. Today, they are a part of many Mexican celebrations and were popular in the neighborhood where I grew up in San Francisco. We had so much fun making up this year's batch to share with you.

This project lends itself perfectly to younger and older children working happily side by side. You know how much I love that! We will be giving them as holiday gifts for ringing in 2009. I quickly realized that a dozen eggs spells out the twelve letters in Happy New Year! How fun to make a display of them for a party or even your own private celebration.


If you'd like to make egg "thrones", cut a toilet paper tube in half. Make decorative slits about an inch down all around the top circle. Fold these back to flare out. I painted ours white. Add text by printing letters from your computer. Use a nickel as a circle template. Cut and paste to front of holder.
Done!

At midnight, or whenever you and your children celebrate the New Year, crack open an egg over each other's heads and get ready for some fun!

My DIY assistant enjoyed the clean-up almost as much as the party...

I will be following this post with one of our favorite recipes for using up some of those eggs.
If you make any Cascarones, please remember that you can share your photos in the maya*made designs flickr pool, so that we can all enjoy your efforts.

p.s. Friends, this project is not the reason I have you saving toilet paper tubes... that tutorial will be up on Monday. Pin It

29 comments:

  1. I love that action shot with the confetti.

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  2. big news indeed! congrats on the feature. the eggs look like fun - and now i know what to do with those toilet paper rolls :) i found myself this evening in the bathroom with one in my hand wondering, "what is maya up to?"

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  3. Congratulations, Maya, for the wonderful feature in Small magazine! I just read the whole issue, and your tutorial was a real highlight. It just wows me that you've taken this thrilling ritual from my childhood and added your own beautiful aesthetic to it. The painted paper toppers and snowflake cutouts are very nice embellishments!

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  4. These are so much fun. I will definately be making these for New Year. Great post.

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  5. Congratulations! A very festive tradition, thank you for sharing it.

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  6. Congratulations on your feature! Lots of exciting stuff for you lately!:) We've made those for Easter celebrations and the kids love them. So much fun in a tiny eggshell! Looks like you had lots of great help too.

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  7. Je viens de vous repérer dans "small" et découvre votre univers:c'est beau, simple et merveilleux de douceur.Continuez!

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  8. Congratulations! That is so great Maya! And I love that mag too! This is such a fun idea and those pics of your little one are sooo great! Am I too old and is it to late for you to be MY mom? :) I am off to read Small!
    YAY.
    xo
    Melis

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  9. Congratulation! What a wonderful idea! Thanks also for the link to Small. Cool!

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  10. Oh what a lovely project idea, and great gift!!! I REALLY love this. Thanks so much! Maybe someday you will put a book together of all your truly fantastic projects. :)

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  11. That is fantastic in so many ways.
    Feature in a fantastic magazine.
    Fantastic photographs.
    A fantastic use for egg shells and recycled paper.
    Fantastic activity to share with your children.
    Fantastic use of so many of your talents.

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  12. How cute is she :)

    ofifteen
    'designing your life'
    http://ofifteenblog.blogspot.com

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  13. Thanks everyone! It was really fun, and I'm so very grateful for the opportunity!

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  14. I absolutely love small - and I love your feature. I'm going to do this with my daughter. Congratulations!

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  15. Brilliant :) When I lived in Dallas as a kid we'd save our eggs all year round just to make these for the annual school fair. They are so much fun!

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  16. I heart small...everything about it...the words, the photos, the colors...I heart it even more now that you are in it...they are so lucky to have you! xo t

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  17. This is adorable! I MUST try this for new year...
    Congratulations on the article. I just saw the one with Molly Orangette recipe for brownies on the same magazine. And I will bake those tomorrow for a party I have on saturday. So, I am on my way following all this bright ideas.
    Happy for you!

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  18. Congratulations, I will indeed subscribe!
    And those confetti eggs are great!

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  19. how exciting are those confetti eggs,

    i really want to try make them..

    congrats on getting in small..

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  20. Hi there... my whole house has gone to chaos while I have looked and examined every single page of small - meals have gone by, what bedtime! Totally loved a mini-holiday for me. We have a great new-year tradition and these will fit really well - thank you so much - You are brilliant yet again...

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  21. I saw these on flickr and was very curious! I love the action shot with the confetti too! It's gorgeous and so full of fun and energy! Congratulations on the Small magazine article.

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  22. These are so cute, what a fun project. Great blog!

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  23. i really enjoyed reading about this egg idea and loved seeing you in SMALL magazine! It always makes my day when i get the link in my email to teh new Small! Your blog is GREAT, thanks for sharing!

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  24. Confetti Eggs -- This I love! And your sweet daughter's face is precious!

    Congrats on the feature.

    Jody

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  25. Well aren't you clever? That is so exciting. I love Small Mag and can't wait to check out the new issue. Congratulations!

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  26. how FUN!!!!!I will definetly be celebrating New Years this way with the kids!!! I also love the symolism of the eggs representing new beginnings.

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